Saffron Restaurant

4.7
217 Reviews
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Saffron is a family owned restaurant in the heart of Howard Beach.
While we offer a variety of traditional Spanish tapas, we also offer a wide variety of innovative dishes which incorporate Italian, Greek, Cuban, Asian, and American styles into made-from-scratch dishes you will never find anywhere else. In addition to Meat, Seafood, and Vegetarian options available for every visitor, our Chef is also able to deftly assist with any dietary needs or restrictions you may have.
Saffron has plenty of free parking located in the rear and we are happy to accept orders for take-out.
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Dybo
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! We felt safe dining inaide

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Fianel
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and Sangria were outstanding! Will definitely be returning soon. You must try the Red Sangria and the Plantain Nachos are too die for!

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RaiM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was a bit pricey for the portion but was very good

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vipDeborahM
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been to Saffron a number of time. Food and service always meet my expectations

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Alejandro
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food and decent but friendly service. I recommend this establishment.

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VL61
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal and staff. I look forward to returning and trying more of their tapas.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Waiter took 45 min to take our order, they brought one tapas out that we ordered and when I asked where’s the other one, they said they come different times. The price for the tapas is stupid high and the food portion is tiny. Our meal was simple and no flavor. They charged $35 for skirt steak and only came with fried yuca. The chimichirri tasted horrible. When I got the bill, they charged us extra by adding on glasses of wine meanwhile we only had one glass of wine. This place sucks!

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vipStace
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and the wait staff was lovely. Will definitely be coming back here

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JeanM
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food is fresh and well prepared. The service was excellent. They had a good choice of gluten free options.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you’re looking for great service and amazing food then this place is a must!! From sitting at the bar for a drink and appetizer or having dinner at the table this place will exceed all your expectations!!! A family run business that is consistently great all the time. Gina, Sean and the rest of the staff are amazing!!! FIVE STARS!!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Very mediocre food. Croquettes were soggy and gross. Waitress and staff were friendly and nice!

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Woodhaven
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Great friendly service!!

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TrishA
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Chef/owner Herbert was absolutely amazing. My parents arrived early, prior to their busy time, and he sat down to talk with them. He not only acknowledged my father for being a Vietnam Vet, he honored him with a discount and gift card for when they return. The food was excellent, staff was courteous and helpful. I noted on my reservation that I am a Vegan, and when I arrived they were ready to show me around the menu for options that would work for me. This is a great place for most eaters! I would highly recommend going for all occasions.

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vipamazing
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and great setting

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always awesome

TM
vipTomM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious as always. New corn seafood fritters are fantastic. One of our favorite places.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going to Saffron since they opened over 10 years ago. They make you feel like family and always welcomed there. Food is delicious. Gina is my favorite waitress. A must go!

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vipJamesG
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We really liked the restaurant, the food was exceptional. The server was very attentive and interactive. I cannot list everything we ordered, we ordered so much! Everything that came out was fresh and tasted great.

Slightly lower marks for a couple reasons, more attention needs to focussed on clean dishes, glassware and silverware. The cloth napkins were pretty worn.

We would go back if in this area and I would recommend the restaruant.

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BarbaraS
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food, love the staff. Everyone’s so welcoming and nice. Had a great time every time I go

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vipAnnie24
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a wonderful time. The food was delicious and very filling. Will definitely return. ❤️

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GemFinder2
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Looking for tapas and found this place on Groupon. Jennifer our waitress was wonderful. She had great suggestions and accommodated my husband’s food restrictions. Lollipop steak and shrimp, garlic shrimp, short ribs the best.

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MilenaC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place ,the staff is well trained, the ambiance is great very relaxed and welcoming, the food is great good quality, good prices and the best part is that the chef take time to change the menu so doesn’t become boring is one of my favorite restaurant since their opening.

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Brian
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I happened upon this restaurant while researching places to eat before sending off family on a red-eye flight out of JFK. There are not many pre-security dining options at the airport (since I was not traveling, I could not go past security), I looked up a place to eat nearby. This was a little gem of a find - Close enough to the airpot by Uber (13 minutes), and yet far away from the hustle and bustle of JFK. The food was very good, featuring tapas style dishes, but with generous proportions for two people with a small to medium appetite. The steak cubes on skewers were tender, and the scallops were seared to perfection. Above all, the service was friendly and efficient. We enjoyed our meal here before sending family off on a long flight!

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Diana
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The food wasn’t what I expected. Had a weird taste. Sangria was the best part.

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DouglasM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This tapas place is really good. The food and cocktails are top notch. The wait staff is wonderful. Not only do they do a great job but they are also witty, engaging and attractive. To put up with our special requests and playful humor is not an easy task and they came through with flying colors!! If you haven't eaten at a tapas style restaurant then be aware that the bill could get steep and this was the case with our visit. Ultimately the experience was superb so it was well worth it.

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TheRealDeal
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific time and amazing food! My group of 8 really enjoyed themselves and the waitress was terrific! Would definitely go again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always great food and drinks and excellent service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great creative tapas! Nice happy hour options too (at the bar). Cons:Sangria too sweet and not really strong.

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GrllllG1982
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Service, food and atmosphere were wonderful . A great time was had by all.

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QueensGirl
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was tasty and our waiter advised us well. Service was good and the place comfortable. A problem with the coffee and hot water maker made dessert disappointing. We would go back another time.

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vipDeana
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

As always, food is great although the ropa vieja tacos were missing something.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The reservation was easy and fast, loved it. The service and food was wonderful.

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Bythebeach
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

I used to adore this restaurant but now am completely disappointed. The food was bland and the presentation unimaginative. The servers were pleasant enough but lacked any measurable personality sparks. The dishes were delivered as though full courses instead of groupings, as one would expect in a tapas restaurant. Many key ingredients were out of stock and no acceptable replacements offered. Sangria was like cool aid; easily too much sugar and no nose. The room was loud with young children. It felt more like family style than fine dining. Don't go here.

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vipMD01
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food!!! The staff is also so nice and accommodating.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food was great but way overpriced. Would not recommend going to the restaurant. Had the seafood paella. The clams and mussels were tender and tasty the calamari and scallops were rubbery

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WilfredoG
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The kebab meal was not all that great, it was more of an appetizer than a meal. The saffron salad was really great! The steak an potatoes was good tasting but not filing. The best part of the meal was the dessert, the flan, that completed the meal, it was great and tasted delicious. I would visit again and try a different dish.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious, however it was extremely cold so dressing warm is a must

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food, great service.

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vipWilmaK
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall2food3service4ambience1

There was a large party of 28 women in the back of the restaurant and the noise level was off the charts. These were adults but they were yelling and squealing like children. We were seated as far away as possible but my ears were ringing and there was no wAy to have any kind of conversation. It made the whole experience very unpleasant.
We ordered the prix fixe which is a good deal. Apparently too good because it is only offered if you know to ask for it which to me is not a good way to treat your customers. We enjoyed our appetizers very much. The paella Valencia main course was okay but I would have preferred less calamari and more chicken and chorizo. The pieces of meat were kind of skimpy. Also we got no bread. Maybe the wAitress forgot but if thatS a feature of the prix fixe that is just tacky.

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Saffron Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 217 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.